January 31, 2001
The Federal government (excluding the Postal Service) lost the most jobs in the 1990s of any industry.
The number of civilian federal employees (other than postal workers) fell from 2,155,400 in 1989 to 1,796,100 in 1999—a loss of 359,300 jobs. The Department of Defense lost the most: 333,000 civilian workers.
Other industries with large declines in employment in the 1990s included savings institutions and aircraft and parts manufacturing.
These data are a product of the BLS Current Employment StatisticsProgram. Find out more in "Job Growth in the 1990s: a retrospect," by Julie Hatch and Angela Clinton, Monthly Labor Review, December 2000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Federal government biggest job loser in 1990s on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/jan/wk5/art03.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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